ForWords Literacy Lab and Banyan Integrated Studies, San Rafael High School
ForWords’ teachers and artist in residence partner with Banyan each semester to create an integrated studies program, connecting global issues with classes in English, History, Science, and Physical Education. For example, students read the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, studied a particular country such as Rwanda or Haiti, and wrote, edited and re-wrote research papers. They then created scripts for plays that highlighted human rights’ problems in their country of focus. The research papers and the plays were presented to community and families.